Reviews (32)

Not selecting the appropriate person to work

November 27, 2019
We have been referred to CAMHS a few times over the years. My son has complex issues. Issues I identified myself well over 12 years ago, these issues were finally accepted by a worker 2 years ago. He has being awaiting an ASD assessment/screening since then. He has been assigned 3 members of staff over the years (2 were trainees and 1 was newly qualified) and has also been seen by a psychiatrist. I believe the non engagement he now has regarding professionals, is down to the fact that he needs someone who is well experienced to deal with all that is going on for my son.
Rachel Trewartha

Child psychiatrists abysmal service.

November 27, 2019
My child has been under CAMHS for 3 years due to complex mental health issues based upon being ASD and having gender dysphoria. Psychaitrist have zero understanding of how my child feels and treat his dysphoria as a ' choice'. Clear lack of training and knowledge. They are dismissive of his feelings, have little understanding of the severity of his depression and anxiety and constantly belittle his views and brush over his emotions. They are resistant to prescribing effective dosage of antidepressants regardless of my research showing increased dosages are acceptable under NHS protocol and clearly prescribe the lowest dose possible to 'fob us off' . My child struggles to leave the house and hasnt attended school for 3 years. 'Talk therapy' has proved to be relatively ineffective and isnt recommended for gender dysphoria anyway. I feel our views are dismissed and a minimal service is provided to tick a box.
Anonymous

Unhelpful and unsupportive

July 21, 2019
Our GP referred my daughter to CAMHS following a prolonged period of anxiety and self harming. We were told, over the phone, that the self harming was not serious enough to warrant support and that we should try accessing free support from a local charity for young carers. We then paid for our child to have private therapy for her anxiety. The therapist helped enormously, but recommend that our daughter be assessed for autism as she felt this was the route cause of her anxiety. The GP agreed and referred her to CAMHS for an assessment. This was rejected by CAMHS as her school did not see evidence of autism - against NICE guidelines recommendations on autism assessment. We are now awaiting a private assessment, but CAMHS would not recommend any private services or confirm whether they would offer any support based on the finding of this assessment. The team have been very unhelpful and unsupportive throughout this whole process and I am appalled that they are now claiming that their autism assessment process is much improved in the local press.
Anonymous

dont offer the service that is needed

December 5, 2018
i have 3 kids will suicidal thoughts and self harm and CAMHS done a report saying help needed but didn't offer the help or ref to other places
nicholas irvine

2 and a half years wait for assessment

October 24, 2018
My son was referred by school to Camhs in may 2016 assessment took place September 2016 all good. They referred him to tier 3 finally got seen last wk October 2018 after several phone calls. Went back to have a review meeting after waiting for an hr no-one taking any notice I asked how much longer was we to wait, to find out the person we was seeing was off sick and wouldn't be in the rest of the wk, and she'd be hoping to to sort appointments out for mid November.
Hayley Medland

Underfunded and inconsistent.

June 25, 2018
Due to poor funding my child with social anxiety cannot be treated due to the time it will take to gain her trust to enable her to engage well. Diagnosed social anxiety and agoraphobia only to change this during a meeting with school, then said my child is picking when she will/won't engage. No understanding of how anxiety fluctuates I. E good and bad days. Child discharged and cannot leave the house. She is signed off as unfit for school but isn't getting any help. Very poor service
Dawn

Closed without assessing

June 21, 2018
I’m a professional and have made referrals for families I Work with which have been closed without any assessment despite strong evidence that a mental health condition is present. It seems they just want to pass the cases into other services due to under funding and too many cases. Staff agreed full assessment was needed then senior staff closed the case. A year later another referral has been made asking for a full assessment
Anonymous

Same level of service I have come to expect

December 30, 2017
My ASD diagnosed son has been increasingly violent. In summer when he was diagnosed I told them this but was told they were discharging him as he "just" had ASD and no other MH conditions. The only other thing they would do was referred to ASD team at school. So now 6 months later it is worse, every day my partner and I get spat at, kicked and hit, hair pulled, verbally abused etc. In desperation I emailed "camhs first point of contact" . It's several days later now and they haven't had the courtesy to email me back, not to sign post or anything, not even auto reply. I know it is the Christmas period but everyone knows that is one of the most stressful times of the year for people with MH issues. Absolutely disgusting.
Julie Dent

crisis mental health

June 4, 2017
My child experienced a severe bout of depression, the challenges and barriers we experienced to access CAMHS service was appalling and very worrying as a parent. Referral methods were limited to GP referral whereas any professional should of been able to do so. My child's treatment was delayed by 8 weeks and this time delay was significant in terms of keeping my child safe and other family members. This time delay caused our family into crisis mode. If my child had broken their leg, then health services would undertake a course of treatment immediately ,the same attitude needs to apply to mental health. Staff members rarely returned phone calls. The whole service needs to be reassessed cause it is failing young people and their families. Early intervention with any course of treatment proves higher success rates and this needs to be applied to this service.
Anonymous

CAMHS not interested in non urgent cases

June 4, 2017
My son was referred for CAMHs through our GP and we never heard from them. Were told they were very busy.
Anonymous

Calderdale Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Tier 3 - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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01422 262380

Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre
Great Albion Street
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX1 1YR

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